Paris Roubaix Challenge 2019

Paris Roubaix Challenge 2019 €495 £450.00 Single suppl: €please ask

The Paris-Roubaix Challenge offers amateur cyclists the possibility of getting as close as possible to a legendary professional race: Paris-Roubaix.

24 hours before the professionals, amateurs from around the world will have the opportunity to measure themselves against the legend of the Hell of the North with its mythical cobbled sections like the "Carrefour de l'Arbre" or the "trouée d'Arenberg".

There are three increasingly difficult routes on offer, on roads which are open to traffic but secured by numerous volunteers and motorcyclists.

A SPORTING CHALLENGE AND A HUMAN ADVENTURE

You’ll have to tackle the most legendary cobbled sections in the world on your own. But the real spirit of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge is to take up the challenge with friends and to cross the finish line at the velodrome in Roubaix together. The shared experience can continue the next day as you cheer on the best cyclists in the world, fighting it out to ensure their name goes down among the winners of Paris-Roubaix.

Experience the legend of Paris-Roubaix

The same roads, the same dreams, the same joy, the same pain: you, the amateur cyclists of the world, can experience the same emotions as Van Avermaet, Boonen and the other professionals on the Queen of the Classics: Paris-Roubaix!

Spend an entire weekend dedicated to this mythical race, pedalling along the same roads as the pros on the Saturday and watching their finish at the Velodrome on the Sunday.

- Itinerary for the Paris Roubaix Challenge 2019

Thursday 4th April Day 0 arrive 1100-1200

  • Put bikes together.
  • lunch discussion on itinerary for the weekend.
  • Ride PM 1430 – 1600  discover 3 sectors of Pave and test that the bikes are OK 47kms.
  • Dinner 1930.

Friday 5th Day 1

  • breakfast from 0630
  • ride leaves from the front of the hotel 0900 to just after midday discover 2 sectors of Pave plus the Arenberg Forest 30 kms watch the Pros training!!!!
  • Lunch.
  • PM Collect numbers from the Roubaix Velodrome
  • Dinner 1930. Pack bikes in vehicles for early departure Saturday.

Saturday 6th Day 2

  • Breakfast will be provided by the hotel @0500. The minibuses will leave for 0530 for the start at 0700 there is a staggered start until 0900. So what ever time you need to get up to be ready for a 0530 departure.
  • There will be one of our minibuses stopped after the Arenberg Forest roughly half way through the event if you have any major mechanicals as with any sportive there is the broom wagon. Make sure you have all you need in a day bag - kit list below.
  • Once every one is in, showered in the legendary Roubaix showers - Men and women shared in 2017, we will return to Valenciennes. Dinner can be taken in the hotel but is not included in the weekend there are other Restaurants are available close by or we can all eat as a group within the hotel or elsewhere.

Sunday 7th Day 3 Race day for the Pro’s.

  • Late breakfast (sort of) until 1000 departure for 1100 to the start of the Arenberg forest here is a big TV screen where you can watch the whole Race. Previously we have moved from place to place however it is quite stressful and the police are actively discouraging people from doing this as there have been may accidents from people driving too quickly. So we can stay in one place and get the atmosphere of the Arenberg, beer tents, burger stands and other cycling memorabilia can be bought here.

Monday 9th Departure day.

  • Departure day breakfast from 0630 – 0930 latest checkout 1030.

Kit list for the half way van in the Arenberg.

  • Spare tyre (if you need advice on tyre choices ask)
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • Energy drink tabs and energy bars (there are 3 – 4 refill stations enroute providing energy drinks and snacks)
  • Spare CO2 cartridges if you use them.

Kit list for Velodrome

  • Warm Dry clothing and shoes/trainers
  • Towel and shower kit.
  • Snack although there are places to eat and get a victory beer when you get to the velodrome in Roubaix.
  • Bag for dirty kit.

Advice and other general stuff.

  • Make sure your tyres are made for the job. Vittoria, Continental or Challenge
  • Bottle cages are in good condition and the bottles are a tight fit Elite Ciussi Gel will hang on to them.
  • At least 3 spare inner tubes and 2 in the van.
  • Cartridges and a minipump.
  • Saddle bag with good Velcro!!! (you will see these scattered everywhere if its old replace it or put an old toe strap as a precaution!)
  • Good bar tape double wrap or Specialized Roubaix tape with Bar Phat underneath and a good pair of track mitts!
  • Tyre pressure, very very important running from 65psi to 80psi dependent on tyre/tubular width and weather conditions. We can advise and help you with this.
  • All bolts and are tightened and checked with a torque wrench.

This holiday inlcudes:-

  • Half board 2 nights B&B 2 nights.
  • Return transfers from/to Valenciennes Train station 20 min Transfer.
  • Cereal bars and energy drink to keep you fuelled-up.
  • Experienced ride leaders for Thursday - Friday reconnaissance part way of the route.
  • Secure storage for your bikes we know how much you love them!
  •  Vehicle and driver back up for major break downs…

The tour does not include:- 

  • Food on the road.
  • Transfers to from Paris / Lille extra charges apply.
  • Wine, beer or any hotel extras e.g. washing of kit that may added to room, need to be paid for on check out from Hotel.

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